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by steve browne
29 Nov 2010, 7:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
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I'd like to be able to claim I was riding up a 1 in 3 hill fully laden, but I was just pottering along a flat bit, so I think the problem is more attributable to Sturmey Archer weakness rather than my strength. Our snow has not arrived yet, and when it does come I expect I shall stay indoors and put...
by steve browne
29 Nov 2010, 5:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213680

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broken S5 (ii).jpg broken S5 (i).jpg Today's bike ride was a trial run of the new winter gloves; better than nothing but, as I had painfully cold fingers after 10 miles, not a resounding success [4/10]. It was Carolin's debut ride on her freshly imported Batavus with its seven speed Nexus gears [10...
by steve browne
15 Nov 2010, 9:45pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
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This month I have mostly been collecting bicycles! There's a Raleigh roadster with 28" wheels, rod operated hub brakes and a blob of sealing wax to keep the oil in. I thought this would be good to use in the rain. It needs a quick once over before going out. I like to make sure enthusiastic lub...
by steve browne
3 Nov 2010, 10:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213680

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I'd check out the classic motorcycle press for someone to reline brake shoes - sure to be quicker than trawling through the posts on this thread, and you'd end up with a magazine for your coffee table!
by steve browne
23 Oct 2010, 8:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213680

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Nah! not local to us. I spotted it in Bergen, Holland.
I do have a delivery cycle with large front basket and sign board on it which could work for small consignments.
by steve browne
22 Oct 2010, 2:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213680

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[quote="GrahamNR17"]"Project: Long Willy" :D

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Might it be something like this? Suitable for Norfolk and less useful in Devon!
by steve browne
20 Oct 2010, 7:03pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
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Views: 213680

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[/attachment] canal @ Halberton.jpg The weather was too good to be in the garage fitting Kool Stop brake blocks. So, accompanied by a pair of cheese sandwiches I took my roadster for a ride. The first ten miles or so were up the Culm valley (adjacent to M5) using a B road on a bus route. I was quite...
by steve browne
20 Oct 2010, 6:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
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Apparently I have to sell a bike every time I buy a bike from now on, time to start storing one or two at work methinks! I always understood that the longer one had been involved with bikes the more one was allowed to own. Also, that extra bikes could be stored indoors at home before the workplace ...
by steve browne
20 Oct 2010, 10:00am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
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Views: 213680

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No problems at all with SA hub brakes operated from dropped bars - I've had a front hub brake on my touring bike for years (the frame builder put a nice little stop with a stainless steel bolt for the torque arm, so no ugly clip). They work as well as hub brakes always do. Sort of dependable without...
by steve browne
12 Oct 2010, 7:24pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
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Views: 213680

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I found this in my garage - Haven't really got the heart to throw it away.... perhaps just turn it round for the next 50,000 miles?
by steve browne
4 Oct 2010, 11:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213680

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I too shall be bringing a heavier roadster to TCT2. With a nice chunky FG rear hub, and lights. I will be very happy to swap bikes at the bottoms of hills if people are tiring of their lightweights.
by steve browne
3 Oct 2010, 5:26pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213680

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I am told that Koolstop Continental Salmon blocks work well in old sidepull brakes. The trouble is (for me) they come as complete assemblies, I was hoping to find some inserts that would fit original Weinmann shoes. Kool Stop have recently introduced replacement salmon blocks that fit Mafac shoes. ...
by steve browne
3 Oct 2010, 11:12am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
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Views: 213680

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Hi Chris, Is your project an upgrade to an existing hub geared bike? If so, how much of the original looks do you wish to retain? I have toyed with the idea of using a rear coaster brake to complement the rod brakes but haven't got round to it yet, partly because I like the rear dynohub. This should...
by steve browne
23 Sep 2010, 8:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213680

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Greybeard wrote:Steve (wot has a foot in both transmission camps :wink: )

I'm sticking with the fully enclosed transmission until the waters subside
by steve browne
23 Sep 2010, 8:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213680

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Following the success of the inaugural Toggle Chain Tour, Nelson's Norfolk , I am happy to announce the the 2011 Toggle Chain Tour shall be the Dorset Dawdle taking place in Spring 2011 8) That basically means you ain't got all that long to wait :D It just remains to set dates, and for me to book a...